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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Thu May 12th, 2011, 5:28 pm

Welcome, Rissa. Plenty of native English speakers have terrible grammar online, and I would never think of correcting them. I'm more interested in what they have to say than the proper forms in which they say it.

But because you ask it as a help, if I see any repeated errors in your posting, I'll send you a private message.

So far, you don't look like you need any correction. In fact, if you are learning your English by reading and writing, you'll probably do better than most of us who learned by listening to our ungrammatical families! :)

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Post by Rissa » Thu May 12th, 2011, 6:00 pm

Thanks a lot! I love recommendations!

@misfit: Yeah, text messaging does that to the German language, too. Forget about capital letters, they are of no use any more :rolleyes:

@sweetpotatoboy and everyone else: As most of the names I read at the review index are totally new to me, who would you recommend to have closer look at if I want to read about medieval and early renaissance England? I already know some books by Elizabeth Chadwick, Ken Follett, Philippa Gregory, Bernard Cornwell as well as by some German authors (of course ;) ).


@boswellbaxter: As far as I know there are contracts for four of her novels to be translated into English. For one there's the semi-historical Catan-novel that an American publisher got interested in which will be released in December, then there are the three Waringham-novels (pro-Tudor, ca. 1360-1485) that a British publisher wants to have translated into English. Rebecca Gablé said that she's already reading the translation of the first novel, Das Lächeln der Fortuna. At her Facebook she says that it might be released in 2012. Hope this piece of information is of some interest for you ;)


@MLE: Thanks, I absolutely hate to make the same mistakes over and over again, so that's much appreciated.

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Post by Carla » Thu May 12th, 2011, 6:19 pm

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@sweetpotatoboy and everyone else: As most of the names I read at the review index are totally new to me, who would you recommend to have closer look at if I want to read about medieval and early renaissance England? I already know some books by Elizabeth Chadwick, Ken Follett, Philippa Gregory, Bernard Cornwell as well as by some German authors (of course ;) ).

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Elizabeth Chadwick (who posts here as EC2) put a list of 20 medieval novels on her blog a while ago: http://livingthehistoryelizabethchadwic ... r-for.html. That list might give you somewhere to start :-)
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Post by Rissa » Thu May 12th, 2011, 6:32 pm

[quote=""Carla""]Elizabeth Chadwick (who posts here as EC2) put a list of 20 medieval novels on her blog a while ago: http://livingthehistoryelizabethchadwic ... r-for.html. That list might give you somewhere to start :-) [/quote]

Thanks a lot! A list recommended by one of my favorite authors can only be helpful! I already have two out of twenty, that's at least something ;)

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Post by boswellbaxter » Thu May 12th, 2011, 7:05 pm

[quote=""Rissa""]
@boswellbaxter: As far as I know there are contracts for four of her novels to be translated into English. For one there's the semi-historical Catan-novel that an American publisher got interested in which will be released in December, then there are the three Waringham-novels (pro-Tudor, ca. 1360-1485) that a British publisher wants to have translated into English. Rebecca Gablé said that she's already reading the translation of the first novel, Das Lächeln der Fortuna. At her Facebook she says that it might be released in 2012. Hope this piece of information is of some interest for you ;) .[/quote]

Thanks, it certainly is!
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Post by fljustice » Thu May 12th, 2011, 8:32 pm

Hi, Rissa and welcome to the forum! As others have said, no need to apologize for your English, it's very good. I sincerely wish I was as proficient in any second language. Looking forward to meeting you in the threads.
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Post by donroc » Thu May 12th, 2011, 8:36 pm

[quote=""Rissa""]Thank you for the welcome and the comments about my English, donroc and Vanessa! I just have the feeling that I should be a little more careful with grammar and correct spelling at a literature forum than at a gaming forum where half of the members are ESL.

@ donroc: Wow, the 1950s! I can imagine that there's not much stuck after such a long time. Did you ever come back to visit the country?[/quote]

We never make grammar or spelling errors, only typos written in haste.

I kept up some German around my wife's family who spoke the language at home in the USA and Brazil until the older generation passed away. Her father and grandfather served in the Kaiserarmee during WWI.

FYI, the MC and many supporting characters in my 9th century novel in progress are Alamannian and Saxon.
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Post by Rissa » Thu May 12th, 2011, 8:58 pm

[quote=""donroc""]
FYI, the MC and many supporting characters in my 9th century novel in progress are Alamannian and Saxon.[/quote]

That's a very interesting era you're writing about! All novels I've read about Karl, Widukind and their successors are by German authors.
I've bookmarked your homepage so I hope I won't miss it if you release any more details ;)

[quote=""fljustice""]Hi, Rissa and welcome to the forum! As others have said, no need to apologize for your English, it's very good. I sincerely wish I was as proficient in any second language. Looking forward to meeting you in the threads.[/quote]

Thank you! I'm still a bit hesitant to participate in the discussions because I'm just the noob ;) I have to read a bit more to get a feeling for this forum, but then I might participate a bit more, at least in discussions about the few books I've read :D
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Post by Ariadne » Thu May 12th, 2011, 9:02 pm

Hi Rissa, and welcome to the forum! That's excellent news about Rebecca Gable's novels. My husband and I visited Germany in 2009 (he used to live there) and I was sorry my German wasn't better - there were so many wonderful looking historical novels in the local bookstores!

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Post by DianeL » Thu May 12th, 2011, 9:29 pm

Hello, Rissa! As many have said, you have no need to apololgize for your English skills: the day a Frenchman told me I speak my native tongue like a European, I took it as a singular compliment to my language skills. The American reputation for linguistic slovenliness is not, unfortunately, entirely unearned; however, of course, here you will be treated to many who defy this conception - literate people are a joy that way.

My own favorite historical is Parke Godwin's "A Memory of Lions", which I love most because it is so fully realized. It includes bitterness, passion, war, politics, and humanity amid one of the best-realized settings in time and place I have ever read, and each of the characters is minutely, considerately drawn. I've loved a great deal of fiction since I discovered that book twenty-odd years ago, but it remains a very strong favorite of mine. It is set in post-Conquest Britain, and is a wonderful read: I still find it incredibly fresh every time, after more than two decades!
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